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One metric by which the relative popularity of basketball players can be gauged is to compare how many Instagram followers they have. With Michael Jordan lacking an official account, LeBron James far and away leads the pack with more than 50 million followers — a rather remarkable total considering he annually eschews the platform for the two-month duration of the NBA Playoffs.

KINGS OF INSTAGRAM

Basketball Kings of Instagram: LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving

While James, Steph Curry and Dwyane Wade are tops on Instagram among hoopsters, can you name the remaining nine stars in the top dozen? Previous NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant has attracted a flood of followers after establishing his account in 2017, and the surge pushed former teammate Klay Thompson out of the top ten.

UPDATED November 6, 2019

12) CARMELO ANTHONY

Carmelo Kyam Anthony
Last team: Houston Rockets
Born May 29, 1984 📍 Brooklyn, New York
Instagram followers: 6.7 million

11) GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO

Giannis Sina Ougko Antetokounmpo
Current team: Milwaukee Bucks
Born December 6, 1994 📍 Athens, Greece
Instagram followers: 6.7 million

10) LONZO BALL

Lonzo Anderson Ball
Current team: New Orleans Pelicans
Born October 27, 1997 📍 Anaheim, California
Instagram followers: 7 million

9) KOBE BRYANT

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Kobe Bean Bryant
Last team: Los Angeles Lakers
Born August 23, 1978 📍 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instagram followers: 10.5 million

8) JAMES HARDEN

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James Edward Harden Jr.
Current team: Houston Rockets
Born August 26, 1989 📍 Los Angeles, California
Instagram followers: 10.7 million

7) KEVIN DURANT

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Kevin Wayne Durant
Current team: Brooklyn Nets
Born September 29, 1988 📍 Washington, D.C.
Instagram followers: 11.6 million

6) KYRIE IRVING

Kyrie Andrew Irving
Current team: Brooklyn Nets
Born March 23, 1992 📍 Melbourne, Australia
Instagram followers: 13.4 million

5) SHAQUILLE O’NEAL

Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal
Last team: Boston Celtics
Born March 6, 1972 📍 Newark, New Jersey
Instagram followers: 13.4 million

4) RUSSELL WESTBROOK

Russell Westbrook III
Current team: Houston Rockets
Born November 12, 1988 📍 Long Beach, California
Instagram followers: 14.1 million

3) DWYANE WADE

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Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr.
Last team: Miami Heat
Born January 17, 1982 📍 Chicago, Illinois
Instagram followers: 14.9 million

2) STEPH CURRY

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Wardell Stephen Curry II
Current team: Golden State Warriors
Born March 14, 1988 📍 Akron, Ohio
Instagram followers: 27.4 million

1) LEBRON JAMES

LeBron Raymone James
Current team: Los Angeles Lakers
Born December 30, 1984 📍 Akron, Ohio
Instagram followers: 52.5 million